Reading Fightins’ (0-7)
The AA Fightins’ had a week similar to the month the Phillies have been having. Going 0-7 is not something I expected from a team with the type of offense the Reading team has. However, they are front-loaded offensively, so if they are not all hitting 1-4, then there could be issues winning games.
The only real offensive threat they had this week was Scott Kingery, who put together four (yes four) multi-hit games. He also hit homer numbers 12, 13, 14, and 15 last week. It has been unbelievable watching how Kingery continues to progress and while many believe his promotion is coming soon, I can see the Phils holding out for another couple of months before sending him to Lehigh Valley.
On the pitching side of things, nothing good comes from a week when the team loses every single game. However, if there were a bright spot, it would be Tyler Viza’s start on Friday. He went six innings, allowing three hits, two runs (neither one earned), walked no one, and struck out seven.
Austin Davis, the arm I have become obsessed with in the Reading pen, has continued on an upward trend. Davis threw three innings last week, striking out two, allowing four hits, and one run. It will be interesting to see how they decide to move with Davis, considering the team is in need of impact bullpen arms.
Reading will look to get back on the right track this week.